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Long-term air pollution exposure may increase dementia risk by 50%

Long-term air pollution exposure may increase dementia risk by 50%

Health
March 30 (UPI) -- Long-term exposure to air pollution may increase a person's risk for developing dementia, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Neurology has found. In nearly 3,000 older adults in Stockholm, Sweden, researchers found the risk for declines in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills dropped by as much as 50 percent for every five years of exposure to pollution, based on levels of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide in the air near their place of residence. The air pollution-linked risk for dementia was even higher among those with a history of heart failure and ischemic heart disease, or stroke, the authors found. "Air pollution has well-established repercussions on humans' health, in particular for what concern pulmonary diseases and cardiovascular ...
Exposure to bug spray may raise heart disease death risk by 50 percent

Exposure to bug spray may raise heart disease death risk by 50 percent

Health
Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A new analysis has linked environmental exposure to a certain type of insecticides with increased risk for death from heart disease. In findings published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers report that higher levels of 3-phenoxybenzoic acid in those exposed to pyrethroid-based sprays and other products likely contributes to a roughly 50 percent increase in their risk for death from cardiovascular disease and/or cancer. Pyrethroids -- which are found in many residential pest control sprays and household and garden insecticides and pet sprays, as well as specialty shampoos, lice treatments and mosquito repellents -- have been used in the United States for more than 40 years. "Pesticide exposure at varying levels is ubiquitous to the general populatio...
Study links environmental pollution exposure to reduced fetal size

Study links environmental pollution exposure to reduced fetal size

Health
Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Pregnant women may be unknowingly placing their unborn children at risk through exposure to a certain type of pollutants, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has found. Research led by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and based on ultrasound scans suggests pregnant women exposed to higher levels of persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, had slightly smaller fetuses than women who weren't exposed to the chemicals. The results indicate that the chemicals, which are no longer produced in the United States but remain in the environment, may have lasting health effects even at reduced levels. "The differences we found in fetal growth measures may be more sensitive indicators, compared to birth size, of the potential effects of these compounds," co-...
Lead exposure linked to risk for dementia

Lead exposure linked to risk for dementia

Health
Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The fact that fewer and fewer Americans are being diagnosed with dementia is a bit of good news that puzzles researchers.After all, risk factors for the condition -- including diabetes and obesity -- are becoming increasingly common in the United States. So why hasn't this translated into a rise in dementia as well? Researchers at the University of Toronto think they may have the answer: lifetime lead exposure. In a review published Thursday in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, they note that declining lead exposure levels in the United States and Canada, as well as parts of Europe, may explain why rates of dementia in these countries are falling. The new study, researchers say, demands future research into possible links between lead and onset of conditions such as Al...
ED searches DHFL offices over exposure to firm having links with gangster Mirchi

ED searches DHFL offices over exposure to firm having links with gangster Mirchi

Finance
MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Saturday carried out searches at the offices of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL) and it associate firms in connection with the loans given by the NBFC to a real estate firm which is currently under scanner for its alleged dealing with late gangster Iqbal Memon alias Iqbal Mirchi. According to sources, searches are underway at eight locations including DHFL’s headquarters in suburban Mumbai. ET was the first to report on the loans given by DHFL to Sunblink Real Estate on Thursday. Responding to the report, DHFL in a statement attributed the quantum of its exposure to property company Sunblink, as an outcome of market consolidation that caused several loans to various companies to be bunched together and Sunblink listed as the borrower. “